Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi | Review & Mood Board

Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Length: 400 pages
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: September 3, 2019

My Thoughts

‘Permanent Record’ tells the story of Pablo, a store clerk struggling to find direction in his life after dropping out of NYU. During one of his late night shifts, he connects with a young woman who turns out to be Leanna Smart, a superstar. The two get wrapped up in a relationship, and Pablo becomes swept up in Leanna’s glamorous life, while avoiding to confront his own emotional and financial struggles.

Every time I read a story set in New York City, It instantly brings back memories to my residency from 2007-2014. New York is where I realized what I wanted to do with my life, and I found the community that guided my growth in education and creative writing. While Pablo has a close friends/family circle, his avoidance of his financial situation causes him to alienate them. It takes a while for Pablo to figure out that he doesn’t need to travel across the country to figure out the answers to his life journey.

I recommend Permanent Record for people searching for stories with diverse characters trying to figure out their place in life. I’m so thankful that I finally made time to read this book!

Rating: 4/5 Stars


Mood Board

I discovered a few pictures that reflects my thoughts on Permanent Record, and I wanted to feature them here. I found these images on Pexels and Pixabay.


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Goodreads Monday: June 15

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme started by Lauren’s Page Turners, in which you choose a book listed on your Goodreads TBR and talk about it.

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The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

I finally have a copy of The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, thanks to my husband gifting me a copy! I relate so much to Nina’s reserved, reclusive nature. I look forward to reading this story sometime in the summer!

Synopsis

The only child of a single mother, Nina has her life just as she wants it: a job in a bookstore, a kick-butt trivia team, a world-class planner and a cat named Phil. If she sometimes suspects there might be more to life than reading, she just shrugs and picks up a new book.

When the father Nina never knew existed suddenly dies, leaving behind innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews, Nina is horrified. They all live close by! They’re all—or mostly all—excited to meet her! She’ll have to Speak. To. Strangers. It’s a disaster! And as if that wasn’t enough, Tom, her trivia nemesis, has turned out to be cute, funny, and deeply interested in getting to know her. Doesn’t he realize what a terrible idea that is?

Nina considers her options.

1. Completely change her name and appearance. (Too drastic, plus she likes her hair.)
2. Flee to a deserted island. (Hard pass, see: coffee).
3. Hide in a corner of her apartment and rock back and forth. (Already doing it.)


It’s time for Nina to come out of her comfortable shell, but she isn’t convinced real life could ever live up to fiction. It’s going to take a brand-new family, a persistent suitor, and the combined effects of ice cream and trivia to make her turn her own fresh page.

What are your thoughts on The Bookish Life of Nina Hill? Would you add this to your growing book list? Feel free to share!

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Goodreads Monday: June 8

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme started by Lauren’s Page Turners, in which you choose a book listed on your Goodreads TBR and talk about it.

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I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi

I received this book through OwlCrate a few months ago. I love the plot of the story, and I hope to read it very soon! It kinda reminds me of a pandemic scenario, but I’m still open to reading these kinds of books!

Synopsis

Seven days. Seven days. The Earth might end in seven days.

When news stations start reporting that Earth has been contacted by a planet named Alma, the world is abuzz with rumors that the alien entity is giving mankind only few days to live before they hit the kill switch on civilization.

For high school truant Jesse Hewitt, though, nothing has ever felt permanent. Not the guys he hooks up with. Not the jobs his underpaid mom works so hard to hold down. Life has dealt him one bad blow after another — so what does it matter if it all ends now? Cate Collins, on the other hand, is desperate to use this time to find the father she’s never met, the man she grew up hearing wild stories about, most of which she didn’t believe. And then there’s Adeem Khan. While coding and computer programming have always come easily to him, forgiveness doesn’t. He can’t seem to forgive his sister for leaving, even though it’s his last chance.

With only seven days to face their truths and right their wrongs, Jesse, Cate, and Adeem’s paths collide even as their worlds are pulled apart.

What do you think of ‘I Hope You Get This Message’? Would you put this on your TBR? Feel free to share!

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June 2020 TBR

The days are finally getting longer and warmer!

We’re still living in a semi-lockdown here in New Jersey, so this means that I can spend these long summer hours reading some good stories!

The following are in my TBR list for June:

The Boyfriend Project by Farrah Rochon
Purchased a copy from Book of the Month

Never Turn Back by Christopher Swann
Received digital ARC from NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books

Guild of Tokens by Jon Auerbach
Received complimentary digital copy from Storytellers on Tour

The CEO, the Puppy and Me by Jennifer Faye
Received complimentary copy for Prism Book Tours

Heir of Ashes by Jina S. Bazzar
Received complimentary digital copy from author

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
Purchased a copy from OwlCrate

What books are on your TBR pile this month? Feel free to share!

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Goodreads Monday: June 1

I’m taking part in Goodreads Monday. This was started by Lauren’s Page Turners, in which you choose a book listed on your Goodreads TBR and talk about it.

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Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes

I first came across this book a couple years ago at a bookshop, and I finally have it home (thank you Andy)! I can’t wait to read this middle grade story about discovering the facts about such a harrowing day in US history.

Synopsis

From award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes, a powerful novel set fifteen years after the 9/11 attacks.

When her fifth-grade teacher hints that a series of lessons about home and community will culminate with one big answer about two tall towers once visible outside their classroom window, Deja can’t help but feel confused. She sets off on a journey of discovery, with new friends Ben and Sabeen by her side. But just as she gets closer to answering big questions about who she is, what America means, and how communities can grow (and heal), she uncovers new questions, too. Like, why does Pop get so angry when she brings up anything about the towers?

Award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes tells a powerful story about young people who weren’t alive to witness this defining moment in history, but begin to realize how much it colors their every day.

What do you think of Towers Falling? Would you put it on your TBR list?

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Goodreads Monday: May 25

I’m taking part in Goodreads Monday. This was started by Lauren’s Page Turners, in which you choose a book listed on your Goodreads TBR and talk about it.

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When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez

I received this on my Kindle a while ago, but since I let too many things occupy my mind, I never got around to reading it! I hope to get to reading this moving story soon!

Synopsis

13 Reasons Why meets the poetry of Emily Dickinson in this gripping debut novel perfect for fans of Sara Zarr or Jennifer Brown.

A Goth girl with an attitude problem, Elizabeth Davis must learn to control her anger before it destroys her. Emily Delgado appears to be a smart, sweet girl, with a normal life, but as depression clutches at her, she struggles to feel normal. Both girls are in Ms. Diaz’s English class, where they connect to the words of Emily Dickinson. Both are hovering on the edge of an emotional precipice. One of them will attempt suicide. And with Dickinson’s poetry as their guide, both girls must conquer their personal demons to ever be happy.

In an emotionally taut novel with a richly diverse cast of characters, readers will relish in the poetry of Emily Dickinson and be completely swept up in the turmoil of two girls grappling with demons beyond their control.

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Book Blogger Hop: May 25

The Book Blogger Hop is a book meme hosted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer where you answer a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. This way you have a chance to check out other people’s blogs and gain new followers yourself.

This week’s question

If you own an eBook, would you also purchase a print copy as well? (submitted by Tabatha @ Broken Soul Reviews)

If I have an eARC that I really enjoyed, I would definitely buy a print copy! I would do whatever I can to support the author.

How about you? Would you purchase a print copy if you enjoyed your ebook version? Feel free to share!


Goodreads Monday: May 18

I’m taking part in Goodreads Monday. This was started by Lauren’s Page Turners, in which you choose a book listed on your Goodreads TBR and talk about it.

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The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

I’ve wanted to read this story for a while, like many other books on my TBR! I love stories centering around poeple tied to one culture while struggling to adapt to another. Hopefully I can make time in the summer to read this!


Synopsis

Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies established this young writer as one the most brilliant of her generation. Her stories are one of the very few debut works — and only a handful of collections — to have won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Among the many other awards and honors it received were the New Yorker Debut of the Year award, the PEN/Hemingway Award, and the highest critical praise for its grace, acuity, and compassion in detailing lives transported from India to America.

In The Namesake, Lahiri enriches the themes that made her collection an international bestseller: the immigrant experience, the clash of cultures, the conflicts of assimilation, and, most poignantly, the tangled ties between generations. Here again Lahiri displays her deft touch for the perfect detail — the fleeting moment, the turn of phrase — that opens whole worlds of emotion.

The Namesake takes the Ganguli family from their tradition-bound life in Calcutta through their fraught transformation into Americans. On the heels of their arranged wedding, Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli settle together in Cambridge, Massachusetts. An engineer by training, Ashoke adapts far less warily than his wife, who resists all things American and pines for her family. When their son is born, the task of naming him betrays the vexed results of bringing old ways to the new world. Named for a Russian writer by his Indian parents in memory of a catastrophe years before, Gogol Ganguli knows only that he suffers the burden of his heritage as well as his odd, antic name.

Lahiri brings great empathy to Gogol as he stumbles along the first-generation path, strewn with conflicting loyalties, comic detours, and wrenching love affairs. With penetrating insight, she reveals not only the defining power of the names and expectations bestowed upon us by our parents, but also the means by which we slowly, sometimes painfully, come to define ourselves.

What do you think about The Namesake? Have you read this book?

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Book Review: Love, Art & Other Obstacles by Sadira Stone

Love, Art & Other Obstacles by Sadira Stone
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Length: 354 pages
Book 3 in Book Nirvana series
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 18, 2020

My Thoughts

**I received a copy of Love, Art & Other Obstacles, for exchange of an honest review**

When I began reading Love, Art, and Other Obstacles, I thought it was going to be another novel heavy on romantic content and not much else. I was pleasantly surprised at what I discovered! This story follows the tale of Margot and Elmer, two people competing for a top prize at an arts contest in Oregon. While they are in direct competition for this generous prize, they are also navigating the realm of relationships! Elmer is very flirtatious, yet his heart is thrown into a tailspin after his wild trysts with Margot. Meanwhile, attachment is the last thing on Margot’s mind as she is in a complicated long-distance relationship with her girlfriend Darcy (who’s equally interested in playing the field herself).

While this book is heavy on the romance, there is also the theme of a found family with both Margot and Elmer. Both people suffered difficult childhoods, and each found a respected community to thrive. Through the vibrant art community in Oregon, Margot is also introduced into an artistic community that allows her freedom that her upbringing wasn’t offering.

I also loved how it was the female character in this story that had a very difficult time making a decision on commitment! In many books the male character has a hard time getting tied down, yet it’s Elmer who tries his all to make Margot have eyes only for him. It was a journey seeing Margot’s struggle as she tries to resolve what she needs for her own happiness, while fighting the demons of her past.

I found Love, Art, and Other Obstacles to be a sexy, engaging read! I recommend this book for those who like having a twist thrown in to romantic stories!

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Synopsis

Shes a free spirit. Hes a one-woman man.

Rejected by her family for her bisexuality, graphic artist Margot DuPont yearns for a life with no fences, no limits, and no family ties. Between college, work at Book Nirvana, and an art competition, she barely has time for her part-time girlfriend much less a flirtation with her competitor.

Dumped into the foster system at a young age, ceramics artist Elmer Byrne craves a big, loving family of the heart. His artist family almost fills that need, but something is missing…until Margot. But when he offers his heart, her thorny defenses shatter him.

Thrown together in an art competition that could jump-start one artist’s career, but not both, their irresistible attraction forces them to reconsider the meaning of success.

What do you think of Love, Art, & Other Obstacles? Feel free to share in the comments!

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Book Blogger Hop: Platform for Blogs/May 10

The Book Blogger Hop is a book meme hosted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer where you answer a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. This way you have a chance to check out other people’s blogs and gain new followers yourself.

This Week’s Question: What platform do you use for your blog?

I use WordPress for my book blog. It’s so easy to use, and maintaining it comes with very little issues!

Do you use a different platform for blogging? If so, which do you use?



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